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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated adventure amuses but doesn't live up to its title.

Movie PG 2013 102 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 6+

I would rate it 3.5/5.0

For kids under 6 years old, a bit too much violence and the story is a bit complex but otherwise, it was great.

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Too much violence
age 6+

A perfect underrated epic movie that lived up to its title

This was a perfect flawless A+ movie that came out in 2013. I 1st saw it at school and it totally nailed it. The idea of the plot and story made perfect sense and so did the visuals. Nature involving battle between good and evil mixed well and the lessons learned tell us to take good care of nature. The idea of shrinking has been done many times in movies, but still executed well in this, yet the perspective totally suspended disbelief. The way Mary Katherine (MK, who unfortunately died at 18 in reality from brain cancer) shrunk was more like a roller coaster ride and if any of you ever experienced that it'd be a TOTAL pants-wetting thrill. The theory of bugs and flies seeing things in slow motion was priceless and the appearance of slow-moving giants from a fly's perspective totally nailed it in this movie. Imagine if you were the size of a fly and saw everything in slow motion. Now I had thoughts and imaginations of being in a basketball arena as a fly and seeing the basketball players shooting hoops from such perspective. Yet I told a story to one of my friends about being a fly at an arena seeing the players shoot their balls toward the basket hoops and dribbling the balls every which way in such thundering mind-blowing fashion. The story was underrated, though sadness lurked as well but balanced well, as in the queen died but then later a new one rose after good was saved. The good thing was that like many movies, good wins over evil. They totally nailed it with this masterpiece and it's TOTALLY underrated and WAY better than Frozen, which came out later and is overrated to be honest. Best animated movie of 2013. Epic really meant it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33):
Kids say (42):

Visually, EPIC captures the beauty of the lush forest in which the majority of the characters live. The greens and browns and vibrant flower palettes are beautiful, and the way that light and dark (the Boggans make everything an ash gray) are used is inspired. The voice actors are all fittingly cast, particularly the comic relief provided by slug-snail pals Mub and Grub (Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd). Farrell is exceptionally believable as a stoic warrior, as is Hutcherson as an orphaned teen who's a gifted fighter but who has trouble following directions. The weak link in casting is Waltz, whose unique Austrian accent works scarily well in live action but has less impact when he's in animated form.

Plot wise, there's also something missing from the story. Epic feels overlong and overly reminiscent of several other animated movies, like The Secret World of Arrietty, Happy Feet, and Antz. The romantic elements seem unnecessary as well, with M.K. and Nod falling into infatuation a bit too quickly and without any of the sweet banter that makes movies like Shrek and Tangled so good. Despite these shortcomings, the movie is just funny and exciting enough to keep kids and parents entertained. But Epic never quite lives up to its riskily self-indulgent title.

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